Judiciary Democrat: Looks like McConnell is 'rigging' Senate impeachment trial

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) of “rigging” an expected impeachment trial in the Senate.

“I can’t believe what I’m seeing in the Senate," Lofgren, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN's "New Day."

"It’s a trial and you’re supposed to hear evidence and then take an oath to do a just verdict," she said. 


“It looks like Sen. McConnell is rigging this trial,” Lofgren added. “If I were the president, I'd be concerned. He wants to be exonerated. He's not going to be exonerated if the trial is rigged. Everyone will know that he's guilty but got off.”

Democrats have blasted McConnell for saying that he was coordinating his strategy with the White House ahead of the impeachment trial.


The House is set to vote on two articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday. They are likely to pass on a nearly party-line vote. 

A trial in the Senate is expected to begin in January.

Senators in both parties have offered statements that suggest their minds are already completely made up on a Trump impeachment trial. 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (R-S.C.) recently said that he will work to make impeachment “die quickly” in the upper chamber. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (D-Calif.) told MSNBC in October that she would vote to convict Trump based on the evidence that had been seen at that point. She said based on "everything we know, including an admission by this president, I don’t know that it leads in any other direction except to vote 'yes,' which is what I believe I will do based on everything I know."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (D-Mass.) in October also told a reporter from a Fox affiliate that she would vote to convict Trump. Warren is a leading Democratic presidential candidate, while Harris dropped out of the race in December.

But McConnell's remarks have angered Democrats, who have been seeking to negotiate with the Senate GOP leaders over the nature of the trial. Democrats want to hear from more witnesses, such as White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts Collins says she's 'likely' to support calling witnesses for impeachment trial Schumer doesn't rule out calling Parnas to testify in impeachment trial MORE.